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March 7 Newsletter

Message from the Principal

As you are aware, in 2018 our Board of Trustees installed a Bee enclosure with two hives to support our STEAM Programme.  The bee enclosure has been a popular attraction for our students and families.  It is not uncommon to see students gathered around the veiwing statioins, watching the bees hard at work, during the students' break times.

We have been thrilled with this addition to our STEAM programme, and look forward to providing students with additional opportunities to learn more about bees and the important role they play in our ecosystem.

During the Christmas holidays, the school's contracted apiarists (bee keepers) extracted the honey form the hives, and using a commerical grade kitchen, prepared the honey for public consumption.  In excess of 24kgs of honey was extracted which has now been bottled.   From Monday March 11, the bottled honey will be available for purchase from the school office at a cost of either $15 & $18 depending on the size.


Message from the Board of Trustees

Every three years, state and state integrated school communities elect their parent and staff trustees to help govern their schools. Right now boards around the country are preparing to hold their 2019 triennial School Board of Trustee elections.

At RPS, our Board comprises six parent elected members, with the Staff Trustee and Principal completing the full Board.

This year's election will see long serving Trustees: Jo Christie, Sharon Egen and Tom Reeves not standing for re-election.  Early in Term 2 we will formaly recognise their oustanding contributions to our School.

With such a strong skill set leaving our Board, it was with great pleasure that we welcomed Campbell Izzard and Grant Truman on to the Board in December 2018.  Both Campbell and Grant will be standing for election in May. We are also delighted that Nicole Hardie (Chair of the Board) and Nelson Wang (Treasurer) are also standing for re-election.

If you are interested in finding out more about standing as a Trustee for our Board, please contact our Board Chair - Nicole Hardie at boardchair@rps.school.nz or our Principal - Steve King at stevek@rps.school.nz.


Year 5 & 6 Swimming Sports 2019

The Senior School Swimming Sports were held on Tuesday 26th February at Dilworth School. A big thank you to all the parents who helped out on this day.  Your support is greatly appreciated.  Well done to all the students who took part and congratulations to the winners.

Freestyle 50m

Year 5 Girls - 1st Tessa Toner, 2nd Anan Dummi, 3rd Angie Li

Year 5 Boys - 1st Dylan Lee, 2nd Shawn Song, 3rd Jaden Gamman

Year 6 Girls - 1st Emily Allen, 2nd Mia MacDonald, 3rd Meg Burrell

Year 6 Boys - 1st Charlie Forsyth, 2nd Joshua Rowbotham, 3rd Cooper Worsley


Backstroke 25m

Year 5 Girls - 1st Angie Li, 2nd Anan Dummi, 3rd Gemma Wu

Year 5 Boys - 1st Zachariah Wu, 2nd Jaden Gamman, 3rd Basel Eltantawy

Year 6 Girls - 1st Mia MacDonald, 2nd Meg Burrell, 3rd Maggie Zeng

Year 6 Boys - 1st Charlie Forsyth, 2nd Xavier Clark, 3rd Nick Moh


Breaststroke 25m

Year 5 Girls - 1st Indie Pengelly, 2nd Tessa Toner, 3rd Sharon Lai

Year 5 Boys - 1st Dylan Lee, 2nd Basel Eltantawy, 3rd Angus Magnusson

Year 6 Girls - 1st Maggie Zeng, 2nd Payton Barkle, 3rd Emma Owen

Year 6 Boys - 1st Charlie Forsyth, 2nd Ethan Lee, 3rd Matthew Reeves


Freestyle 25m

Year 5 Girls - 1st Tessa Toner, 2nd Elyse Redshaw, 3rd Anan Dummi

Year 5 Boys - 1st Jaden Gammon, 2nd Benjamen Pidgeon, 3rd Shawn Song

Year 6 Girls - 1st Mia MacDonald, 2nd= Georgie Tierney and Emily Allen, 3rd Meg Burrell

Year 6 Boys - 1st Charlie Forsyth, 2nd Joshua Rowbotham, 3rd= Nick Moh and Matthew Reeves


Overall Champions

Year 5 Girl - Tessa Toner

Year 5 Boy - Jaden Gamman

Year 6 Girl - Mia McDonald

Year 6 Boy - Charlie Forsyth


Year 1 needs your help


The Year 1 teachers are looking at expanding opportunities for developing children's early language through play. To do this we are on the hunt for some resources such as dress ups, trains sets, car sets, construction toys, duplo, toy animals, puppets, toy kitchens, dolls and tool sets. If you have any toys that you would be interested in donating to the Year 1 team please contact Amanda on amandat@rps.school.nz or drop the toys into Room 1 (downstairs in the Year 1 block). Thank you from the Year 1 team.


Family Fun Night 14th March

Family Fun Night 2019

Proudly presented by Leila & David MacDonald

And Barfoot and Thompson

  • Great rides - Giant Water Slide, NEW Obstacle Course, Climbing Wall, Bouncy Castle, Spiderman vehicle.
  • Purchase your ride bands NOW on KINDO (under 5's free)
  • Bring your gold coins for food and beverage stalls
  • Tasty selection of food stalls including a sausage sizzle, Chinese, Korean, Sri Lankan and more!
  • Bring your picnic blankets
  • Calling all Dads - if you able to help with the Family Fun Night set up from 3pm or earlier please email jo@yojo.co.nz



Message from the PTA

Whittaker's Chocolate Fundraising Team

We will be running our very successful, and extremely delicious, Whittaker's Chocolate Fundraiser again early in Term 2.

The duration of the fundraiser will be two weeks. We are currently putting together a team of people to run this and need about 6 willing volunteers.

The Whittaker's team will be in charge of ordering the chocolate, labelling it for the kids to take home, be in charge of comms out to the school, collect the money/hand out more boxes to sell each day at the Chocolate Station, as well as banking the money.

Please contact Nicola Davies ASAP at ptachair@rps.school.nz if you are able to be part of this team.

Many thanks

Your PTA


Mt Eden Normal Primary School’s Food & Fun Fair

MENPS Food & Fun Fair

The Mt Eden Normal Primary School's Food & Fun Fair will be held Sunday 17 March (11am-3pm).

This is an amazing day out with food, rides, treats, entertainment, crafts, clothes, books, prizes, household items, treasures and more. Corner of Valley and Sherbourne Road.  Rain or Shine.  Eftpos is available.

Mt Eden Normal


Performing Arts

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Cluny Kindy Summer Fair

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